CGS 2060 Computer Fluency
- 1 online syllabus quiz
- 4 turn-in MS Office
- 2 Exams (must be taken on
FSU Tallahassee campus)
- All lecture materials are online
(you have access as long as you
buy the required textbooks)
- Lecture attendance required
- First day attendance
requirement satisfied by
taking a survey online through
BlackBoard (I see that several people have already
succeeded with this.)
- Understanding computers, the internet, web resources, ethics
in information technology, application software, system
software, computer hardware, networking, managing digital
data and devices, security issues, protecting data and devices
- Microsoft Office
- Word: word processing and document preparation
- Excel: spreadsheets and numeric analysis
- Powerpoint: creating presentations
- Required Course Textbooks:
- Textbook 1 (hard copy or eBook) : Technology in Action, Introductory, 9th
Edition, Evans, Martin, Poatsy, Prentice Hall, ISBN 9780132838634
Textbook 2 (hard copy or eBook): Go! With Microsoft Office 2010 Volume
1, Gaskin, Ferrett, Vargas, McLellan, Custom PHIT for Florida State
University CGS 2060,
- Purchasing at university bookstores: use ISBN 1256837504 for
bundled package, sold at a much reduced rate compared to buying
these two books alone
- Purchasing bundled eBook: go to course web site link for Book Publisher
- There are four turn-in Microsoft Office assignments
- MS Word
- MS Word
The 2nd MS Word Assignment is used as the FSU
"Computer Competency Component" capstone
- Due on a Friday by midnight
- Late penalties: 50 point late penalty. No assignment
accepted after 3 days late (Monday by midnight).
- Last possible day to turn in any assignments (only with pre-approved extension): Monday of last week (July 29).
- All assignments will be graded using MS Office 2010 on a PC
running Windows, so make sure that your assignment works on this platform.
- Files that were saved in earlier formats that do not open will receive a
- You may lose points if you saved the file under an older format and it will
open but some features are missing.
- You may work on and submit files in MS Office 2010 (PC) or MS Office
2011 (Mac) format. Be sure to verify that any files produced on a Mac
open and work correctly in the current Windows office platform.
- Assignments must be submitted through Blackboard
following instructions provided in the course handout on
submissions; provided on course web site
- All questions about grades on all graded work in this course
must be reported to YOUR ADMINISTRATIVE TA within 7
days of the grade posting; weekends do count
- Every student will be assigned an Administrative TA who will
be your contact for grading inquiries, extension inquiries, etc.;
information will be on Blackboard site
Make sure you have a good internet connection
Use latest Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari versions
I don't recommend using other browsers (e.g. Google Chrome);
Blackboard does not always work correctly or consistently with all browsers
Make sure you save your work properly.
Close the application before submitting any files (MS Word, Excel,
- Select the correct file to upload. Be sure it's the right file!
- In order to submit the assignment you must hit the Submit button.
- You are required to check your submission after you submit to
make sure your work actually did submit to Blackboard correctly!
- Read and carefully follow all of the handout instructions on submitting
and verifying an assignment submission under Assignments on the
course Blackboard site.
Common mistakes on
- Submitting them close to the deadlines.
- There are MANY students in this class and Blackboard can easily get
overloaded. Submit your assignments early.
- Using a browser other than Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari
- Using a slow or unreliable internet connection
- Not saving the file properly
Common mistakes on
BE SURE YOU READ THE REQUIRED HANDOUT "INSTRUCTIONS
FOR SUBMITTING AND STORING ASSIGNMENTS" AND FOLLOW
- Submitting the wrong file
- Putting spaces, extra characters, or special characters in the file name
- Not closing the application before submitting (file is still locked)
- Hitting Save as Draft button instead of Submit
- Not waiting for the submission to complete before closing the browser.
For this course the University requires that a single
assignment or test be reported to assess skills for the
Computer Competency requirement.
The MS Word Assignment #2 has been designated as
that "capstone" assignment.
- There are two concept exams
- Examination times must be pre-scheduled (more info later)
- ALL EXAMS ARE TAKEN AT THE UNIVERSITY TESTING
CENTER, UNIVERSITY CENTER C, 1ST FLOOR
- Both exams cannot be scheduled at the same time
- Look for the link to reserve an exam on your Blackboard site
- Exam Session 1 offered during Week 3
- Exam Session 2 offered during Week 6
- Exams are 50 minutes long
- Exam questions are all taken from the required concepts textbook
- You must bring a valid FSU Identification card
- TURN OFF all cell phones and other devices during exams
- A valid documented excuse is required for missing an exam and
avoiding a 20 point penalty
650 total points available:
- 50 Syllabus Quiz
- 100 Exam 1 (concepts)
- 100 Exam 2 (concepts)
- 400 MS Office Assignments (skills; 100 each)
Use the following table to calculate your letter grade based upon the number of points you have earned.
|602 - 650
|585 - 601
|569 - 584
|537 - 568
|520 - 536
|504 - 519
|472 - 503
|455 - 471
|439 - 454
|407 - 438
|390 - 406
|0 - 389
- Grades for each assignment should be posted within 14
working days after the due date of the assignment.
- You have 7 days after the grades have been posted for
any graded item to review your grade. After that, all
grades are final.
- Special deadlines may apply to the last assignment; if
so these will be announced later this semester.
- Online Help via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- In-Person Help at HELP DESK: MCH 302
- All General Purpose Computer labs contain PC and MAC
computers and have the appropriate MS Office software
- Do not email the Course Director for assignment help. The
Course Director will only remind you to send such emails to
- For questions about your assignment grades or assignment
extensions, you must email your specific Administrative TA;
details to be provided later on.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are the books both required?
- Yes. Test questions will come from the concepts book. You
will need the skills book to do the MS Office assignments.
- It is nearly impossible to do well on course exams if you do
not read and carefully study the correct required concepts
Can I use a MAC computer for this class?
Yes, all assignments can be completed on a PC or a MAC. PCs
that you can use are located in one of three General Purpose
Computer labs on campus (MCH 315, Strozier, or the Student
Union). Be sure to verify that any MAC files do open and work
correctly on the course Windows platform.
Can I still submit assignments using previous versions of
No. This can and will cause you to lose points.
Should I email the Course Director or a TA to make sure an
assignment was received properly?
No. With so many students this is unmanageable. To ensure
your assignment was submitted properly you must go back
to the link where you submitted and check to see if the file is
there, and check the file submission yourself. Right click on
the file, download it using a name different from the original
file name, and then try to open it. Be sure it opens properly in
the required application. If it doesn't, you can still resubmit
in Blackboard version 9, keeping in mind that course policies
and due deadlines always apply.
Still More Frequently
I can see the tests in Blackboard, does that mean I can
take them anytime I want?
No. The tests are password protected and the password
is changed frequently. The password will only be given
to you during the testing session at the FSU Testing
How many points total
are there in the class?
650, divided into the following categories:
- 50 points syllabus quiz
- 200 points for the concepts exams (100 points each)
- 400 for the MS Office skills assignments (100 points each)
Even More Questions?
I am in the web based section or I have a hard time making it to
campus all the time, can I take both exams at one time?
No. This is not a "distance learning" course and physical attendance
for the exams on particular dates is required. We do not have the
resources to handle proctored exams off-campus or special
My computer/internet connection crashed right before midnight
the assignment was due, can I get a break on the late penalty?
No. There is plenty of time to complete all assignments. If you wait
until the last moment to work on the assignment then you leave
yourself no room for error. You can also do all work at the campus
computing sites; you don't even need to own a computer.
Bad things do happen, so plan ahead.
A few last
I may not get the final course grade I need, can I do
some "extra credit" to bring it up?
No. All students in this class
have the same opportunities for course work to
I am in an on-campus section. Is attendance required?
As a matter of FSU policy, yes. However, when you have
turned in all assignments and taken both exams you
need no longer attend class. There is no final exam.
Some tips for doing
well in this course
Attend class. Classes are designed
to help you do well in this course.
After the due date, penalties are assessed.
Verify your assignments to make
sure they were uploaded to Blackboard correctly.
MAC users: Upload your files to a Windows PC and check
them using MS Office 2010. There can be differences.
Your work is graded on a PC. Do not use MS Office
Things to do now
Read the Course Syllabus and be sure you understand all of
Read the Course Calendar and start planning your work.
Check the schedule of due dates and plan ahead.
Be sure you buy the correct textbooks: use the provided
syllabus information: full title and ISBN numbers!
Things to do now
Start on the required textbook reading assignments.
Be sure to submit the 1st Day Attendance Quiz by the
Be sure to complete the Syllabus Quiz by the deadline.